Gnats Walk, and Walk, and Walk Past Birds 9-3

A: @ Savannah Sand Gnats 9, Delmarva Shorebirds 3 

gnatslogoThe Gnats trailed 3-0 after four innings in this one, but after getting a run back in the fifth walked their way to a six-run sixth. The Gnats drew three bases-loaded walks in the sixth to force home the tying run at 3-3 and then two insurance runs to go to 5-3. DH Jeff Glenn, the backup catcher then lined a ball into left to drive home two for a 7-3 lead. RBI doubles from 1B Jayce Boyd and C Kevin Plawecki made it 9-3 in the seventh. The Gnats, who came into the day leading the SAL in team on-base percentage drew 12 walks – tying a season high.

Boyd reached base in all five of his plate appearances going 2-for-2 with three walks. He shot a single through the right side with two strikes on him early in the game, and then clubbed a double to left-center in the seventh. He’s hitting .411/.506/.575, leading the SAL in both batting average and OBP (grabbing the lead in both categories away from Brandon Nimmo). Boyd now has drawn 14 walks and fanned only nine times.

RF Eudy Pina shows up in the box score with three hits, two were infield jobs, but he also crushed one to the base of the rightfield wall for a double in the Gnats’ six-run sixth.

Daily Nimmo
Nimmo was 0-4, with three strikeouts and an intentional walk. His first three AB came against LHP starter Matt Taylor, the first left-hander to start a game against Savannah in 2013. Nimmo was 0-for-3 against Taylor with two strikeouts both on fastballs. He swung through a fastball in the seventh for his third strikeout against reliever Kevin Jacob who at 6’6″ works off a delivery that is almost spastic.  Nimmo is visibly less comfortable in the batter’s box against left-handed pitching. He seems like he just does not pick up the ball well, and his legs have a tendency to buckle against lefties.

He’s now 2-for-12 with five strikeouts and no walks against lefties for a .167/.231/.167 line. He’s at .435/.532/.597 with all five of his extra-base hits, in 62 AB vs. RHP. Of course, it’s early, but it’s certainly something to monitor.

Matt Bowman was steady over six innings: 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K. All six hits were singles, and some would have been fielded by more agile defenders.